Released November 2010 by Columbia Records
Christmas music benefits tremendously from the type of energy Glee can bring to interpretations of songs. Here, the combination of a respectful tone with unique arrangements will likely satisfy both those looking for straightforward holiday entertainment as well as those looking for something a little different from the usual artist-centered Christmas album. There is an overall spirit of holiday joy that persists through the entire collection. This is likely to be a favorite lasting more than one season.
A few clever arrangements here keep Glee's Christmas collection from ever threatening to get boring. "Deck the Halls" and "Up on the Housetop" are mashed together into "Deck the Rooftop" bursting with energy and familiar tunes that bounce back and forth in spirited fashion. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is re-interpreted as a charm-filled all-male duet between Chris Colfer and new cast member Darren Criss. "Angels We Have Heard On High" is given a pleasing gospel chorus sway.
Mixture of Secular and Sacred
Glee presents a pleasing blend of secular and sacred holiday music here. k.d. lang's guest turn on "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" from the TV special How the Grinch Stole Christmas is sure to put a smile on your face and raise a laugh. The Glee version of "The Most Wonderful Day of the Year" includes the "Island of Misfit Toys" elements from when the song was used on the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer TV special. These are entirely secular holiday songs. However, Glee also includes respectful, reverent versions of such secular hymns as "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "O Holy Night."
Top Tracks on 'Glee, the Christmas Album'
- "Deck the Rooftop"
- "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
- "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch"
- "Angels We Have Heard On High"
A Holiday Collection Likely To Endure
These Glee interpretations of holiday classics are outstanding seasonal listening whether at home, over department store sound systems, or on the radio. This versatility is likely to make Glee, the Christmas Album an enduring collection. This could easily be your "go to" collection for musical accompaniment at your Christmas party. These recordings also work with no televised visuals necessary. It is solid holiday music.